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LG's Lancet is a compact and comfy Windows phone (pictures)

As a budget Windows Phone handset on Verizon, the Lancet has a pocket-friendly design and a 4.5-inch display.

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The LG Lancet for Verizon

Equipped with a 4.5-inch display, 8-megapixel camera, and quad-core processor, the Lancet is LG's first Windows phone in years. It is available from Verizon for $20 with a carrier agreement, or  $120 off-contract.

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Petite and comfy design

Small and compact, the device is comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver with one hand. Its build quality is solid and dense, without feeling too heavy.

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Capable 8-megapixel camera

On the front is a 0.3-megapixel camera and on the back is an 8-megapixel shooter that can record 1080p full HD video. Other camera features include LG's camera user interface, and Bing Vision, which can scan QR codes and translate text.

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Signature live tiles on the homescreen

As a Windows Phone 8.1 handset, the Lancet features the digital voice and search assistant Cortana, and deep integration with Microsoft ventures like Skype, Office and Xbox.

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Talking for hours on end

The device is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and a removable 2,100mAh battery that lasted an impressive 19 hours during our lab tests for continuous talk time.

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The future of Microsoft mobile

Though the Windows mobile OS has a less robust app store and slower adoption rate compared to that of Apple and Google, Microsoft announced it is rebranding the OS to Windows 10 Mobile. Check out more LG devices here on CNET.

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